I knew something was wrong with the front brake as I rode to the holding area for the race. Pushed back to the garage but no one could see anything wrong. Went out and did the race on a real wing and a prayer, pumping and feathering the brake, never sure whether it would be there and only ever working about 50% at the best of times. Hung on in there but couldn't safely mix it with the 250s or 400s for fun. I just did what I had to do - enough to win the moto450 class. Turns out the front disc is warped and it spent its time throughout the race pushing the pads back!
Done the first race today. Drawn from a random ballot I was placed 19th grid. Mixed in with Formula 400s and open 250s - eight laps later I crossed the line in 5th first moto450 by 20 seconds. Just having some fitness food before the trophy race where I get to go off the grid in 5th.
2017 is now upon us; all things considered, like most people I'm really feeling 'the pinch' and will have to seriously think about the time I take away from work. As I freely admit, I'm just a truck driver who is quite good on a bike, so to compete in anything this year I will need to secure financial support to help me through the season.
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I've enjoyed 35 continuous years in motorcycle racing having ridden something competitively every season since 1982; picking up 6 separate British Championship titles: 1988 British JuniorStock Champion, 1992 British Supersport 400cc Champion, 1995 British Supersport 600cc Champion, 2004 British Supermono Champion - watercooled. British Historic GP Championship 2014 & 2015.
On the roads I've won the Macau Grand Prix on a ROC 500 and the North West 200 Supersport 600cc race. I'm the last Briton to have won the Imola 200.